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Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale)Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale)

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

8,488 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 8,488
Reviews: 1,361
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 453
Gots: 1,323 | FT: 26
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.85% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jules11788 on 11-07-2011

This sad holiday season we didn’t have the brewing capacity to make our favorite seasonal brew, the widely feared BrownShugga’ Ale. You see we had a couple of really good years (thank you very much) and so heading into this season while we are awaiting the January delivery of a new brewhouse we are jammin’ along brewing 80 barrels of IPA and PILS and such every 3 hours. A couple of months back we realized that since we can only brew a mere 60 barrels of Shugga’ every 5 hours, that we were seriously screwed. For every case of Shugga’ brewed, we’d short 3 cases of our favorite daily beers. It’s a drag. This year, we brewed something that we think is also cool and brews more like our daily brews. The new brewhouse will help insure this kind of failure never happens again. It’s a mess that we can not brew our BrownShugga’ this year and we suck for not doing it. There is nothing cool about screwing this up this badly and we know it. Maybe we can sue our own sorry selves. There is no joy in our hearts this holiday and the best we can hope for is a quick and merciful end. F*@& us. This totally blows. Whatever. We freaking munch moldy donkey butt and we just want it to be all over...
So this substitute beer is a ‘Cereal Medley’ of Barley, Rye, Wheat, and Oats…. Full of complexishness from the 4 grains, and weighing in at 7.85% abv, Then joyously dry-hopped for that big aroma and resinous hop flavor.
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Photo of mattcrill
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Big tangerine and orange slice aromas up front. Light caramel note with agitation but the big citrus hops are in charge here. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Light amber/golden pour with a moderate white cap. Head retention is good and lacing is noted. Slight effervescence noted in the snifter.

Flavor: Big citrus punch up front. Followed by a light bready base. There is firm bitterness noted but the citrus hop rush gives it an orange juice-like character. Balance is bitter. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with medium-high carbonation. No astringency, heat, or creaminess noted. A little oily which I attribute to the hops.

Overall impression: A classic, big West Coast IPA. Seems to light (in flavor and body) to be "Double" but it doesn't matter. It's delicious and worthy of the hype.

Photo of VinoGuy
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Mongrel
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours a perfect IPA orange-gold with a half-finger of white foam. Nice lacing.

S- Smell oozes tropical fruit - mango and pineapple, namely - like a hoppy piña colada.

T- Clean, grassy and bitter, with plenty of tropical fruit and just a touch of more traditional west coast IPA flavors like pine and citrus. Orange peel and lemon become more prominent later. The bright, juicy flavor just shines. But it fades somewhat quickly without a really well balanced malt profile to lend more body and sweetness. A bit thin in that regard.

M- Mouthfeel is soft, soapy and a bit thin. But abundant bitter hops give a nice, long finish.

Overall, I prefer my DIPAs a bit bigger in body, with a little more malt sweetness. That said, the juicy hop smack this beer is able to achieve is remarkable. Also one of the best smelling beers I've ever had.

Photo of infuturity83
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Elprico
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Dreizhen
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of jlee185
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of DWheeler379
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of KYGunner
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured with a super clean and clear complexion, as if it had been filtered multiple times. The head was beady and fizzy that left a tremendous amount of lacing.

The aromas are big with a natural herbal hop scent along with pine needles. The back is more fruity with obvious grapefruit and hints of lemon.

As strong as the hop character is in scent I was surprised to see the caramel malt come out first on the tongue. Nice sweetness but then the hops explode mid palate. Lemon, grapefruit and mango are followed by cannabis and an earthy gourd like flavor.

The feel is not nearly as astringent as expected with a very crisp smooth swallow.

I understand the hype on this one especially at the value price it sits at.

Photo of tmdoster
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Claytonbrewsby
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Griggsy
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of jwps214
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of sleepyteacher
2.5/5  rDev -42.5%

Photo of JaBes
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Zonian1
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of PaleAndBitter
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Dr_Bahmbay13
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Mayhem
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of mrchrisray
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of kpowledge
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of slim2043
4.81/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a nice brilliant gold/orange w frothy white head that diminishes but stays in a thin layer and clings to the glass w great rings of lacing.

The nose on this beer is out of this world. Grapefruit biscuits resiny grainy earthy floral rye sugar cookies. quite pungent in a good way w tiny traces of pine and soap.

Taste is great lots of grapefruit and very resinous nice biscuit like malt character a little bready very nice citrus in there too w a great crisp bitter yet smooth lip smacking finish. You can definitely taste the rye too which blends well w the sharp hop bitterness. The body is a little sticky sweet on your tongue like candy and a cookie combined.

Mouthfeel is great and highly quaffable. Nice carbonation and the body is fuller than most but also nice and dry in the finish. The mixing of oats and rye into this formula definitely enhances the body and helps the flavors have a party in your mouth.

Overall this beer does not suck. Very aromatic and complex. It's a grapefruit bomb but there's so much more to it. Seek it out. It will not disappoint.

Photo of Farnswurth
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute Ale) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 8,488 ratings.